From The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls

I shook my head. “I’m not a right girl.”

“A right girl,” she said. Her husky voice was soft. “I wonder what that is, or where we would find her.”

 

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pay attention

“I don’t care if Mike Brown was going to college soon. This should not matter. We should not have to prove Mike Brown was worthy of living. We should not have to account for the ways in which he is suitably respectable. We should not have to prove that his body did not deserve to be riddled with bullets. His community should not have to silence their anger so they won’t be accused of rioting, so they won’t become targets too.”

(“silence is not an option,” roxane gay)

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eight

“I’ve got a
lot of good
ideas but not
one that
will get me
through
August.”

(Eileen Myles)

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“All I am focused on in this new book is form and structure. I feel like with character and voice you just have to channel it, and plot is just thinking about what happens every day to people. And form and structure is like the video game part of the book, where you get to mess around and dodge things and build things and do loop de loops. Wendy says, “And every time you figure out something new about the structure you get a NEW LIFE.”

(Jami Attenberg)

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the scope

Sagittarius: This is a week for stretching your muscles, it’s a week for testing your abilities, it’s a week for taking the wildest flying leaps you can manage. This is a week for doing the things you don’t yet know how to do. You can learn how to move by moving, you can learn how to live by living, you can learn how to speak by speaking. You don’t have to wait for anything. You don’t need permission. You can imagine the life you want into being. You can work magic, just by trying.

(From The Rumblr)

a nice summation of the problems with “liberal” feminism.

“The problems with liberal feminism are ultimately the problems with liberalism. liberalism insists that people operate independent from not only each other but any sort of social influence or ramifications thereof

liberal feminism states that any decision made by a woman can be empowering without any sort of critical analysis of that decision. for instance, liberal feminism insists that it is advantageous for women to be in high positions of political power, but it does not acknowledge that in order to acquire and maintain said power, other women have to suffer. how can women truly be free if women are being employed to oppress other women?

liberal feminism engages in egalitarian practices insofar as they insist that we are all “equal” and the equality is something that women should seek. this equality, however, is a patriarchal model that requires violent power dynamics, rigid capitalism, and subordination. liberal feminism does not seek to dismantle the patriarchy but to work within it. it posits patriarchal structures as something that women should seek to control and partake in rather than something that is ultimately detrimental to all, such as government, capitalism, and the military.

liberal feminism is divisive. it positions the liberation of women to be the responsibility and the success of the ruling capitalist class. liberal feminism invokes white supremacy, heterosexism, cissexism, and ableism in order to achieve it’s goals. liberal feminism believes that the freedom of women comes from politicians and business owners, and that oppressed women can find liberation within the success of others. it makes liberation a privilege.

in essence, liberal feminism creates a sort of subpatriarchal hierarchy that puts the most privileged women at the top in order to maintain inequality among the less privileged women. it maintains a hegemony of women in which women oppress other women through means of patriarchal power. “

(From here.)

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commonsensical

I’ve been reading Christine Sneed’s fiction- she has a novel (Little Known Facts) and a short story collection (Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry- the most spectacular of titles). Her stories are dense and quickly moving and smooth, and they’re about desire and crooked relationships and other impossible things.  Here’s part of her interview at the Plougshares Blog, about her characters and marriage.

“I realized later that a lot of the characters aren’t particularly worried about marriage, or they’re divorced. And that’s certainly my bias. Because I’ve never been married and I’ve never really wanted to get married, and I realize this is sort of atypical for a heterosexual female in middle-class America. But people don’t often examine why they want to get married. To me, it’s kind of scary when you start thinking about it.

I think I just naturally like writing about people who aren’t married. Married life is complicated, and I’ve certainly written about a lot of divorced characters, but I just don’t know if it’s really possible to be completely content like we’re told that we should be when we’re married.

Some of these stories—and the novel, the polyandry novel—were written after I read Laura Kipnis’s book Against Love. I don’t know if you’ve read it, or if you know her work, but she is just brilliant, and she is funny and she is so outrageous, and people I think probably hate her because she says things that no one wants to face. And this book Against Love is so smart. She writes about how society is geared towards monogamy and straight marriage because it makes the economy work better. And it’s simply impossible to assume you’re going to be happy with one person for your entire life, and that they can fulfill every role—like they can be your friend, your lover, your accountant, and you know, your helpmate, and all these things that we need other people for. She makes some really sterling points that I think are very commonsensical, but they’re also a bit frightening.”

 

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“She doesn’t really care about marriage or having children; she never has, something that makes her an amusing oddity to some of her friends, an enviable figure to others.”

(Christine Sneed, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry)

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music songs: soko, you have a power on me; frightened rabbit, the woodpile; the nields, if this were a movie; jenny lewis, silver lining; bahamas, lost in the light; annie rossi, land majestic; family of the year, hero.

In the house where I am, there are three cats and a puppy and a spoon from a trip on El-Al. They are quality spoons, enduring spoons, spoons I always want to steal, but fear that my intention to pilfer will make the plane crash, like it’s only me and my questionable morals in relation to silverware that are keeping us in the air.

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